Doctors Said The Pain Was All In Her Head, But PET Scan Showed Her Body Was Riddled With Tumors

Lifestyle & Health

January 30, 2019 17:09 By Fabiosa

It seems so unfair when cancer affects young people (even worse – children). Sometimes the disease goes unnoticed for a long time.

24-year-old Georgia McLennan is a nurse from Queensland, Australia. She went from one doctor to another for more than 3 months. All of them shrugged their shoulders and insisted it was all in her head. They said she took her job too seriously.

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Fortunately, Georgia had a PET scan. The picture showed that her body was riddled with cancer. The situation was very serious. Doctors presumed that the girl would die in a couple of days.

I didn’t even have my mum there because I hadn’t really worried it was cancer.

– Georgia remembered.

It all started with chest pains, appearing after New Year’s Eve of 2017. The pain spread all over the body, but the doctors were skeptical of her concerns.

I was going once or twice a week to the doctor. It was at this point he asked if perhaps it was all in my head.

The doubts were dispelled by positron emission tomography (PET). She had tumors on her spleen and liver.

A haematologist initially didn’t feel it was lymphoma as I didn’t have all the usual symptoms such as extreme weight loss.

Just the opposite, Georgia was so bloated she looked pregnant.

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All these doctors couldn’t believe I was even alive and how positive I was.

Georgia was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma – a high-grade lymphoma. It extends beyond the lymphatic system into the blood, brain, and cerebrospinal fluid. It is characterized by an extremely rapid growth rate.

For three months, she underwent chemotherapy and was given spinal injections once weekly. On August 17, she received her 10th and final round of treatment and now the cancer is in remission.

Why did Georgia decide to share her story? She hopes to that raising awareness of the disease will save someone’s life.

We wish a full recovery for this beautiful, brave woman and that this terrible disease stays only a distant memory. And we really hope that there will be a time when cancer is treated just as easily as the common cold.

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